Following the Marbella special, it doesn't really feel like the uber-tanned cast have been away, but there were plenty of talking points and 'OMG' moments in the series six premiere on ITV2.
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Copyright: ITVRevelations in the series opener included Mario Falcone's bombshell that his pal Little Chris may not end up being his best man at his upcoming wedding to Lucy Mecklenburgh.
Meanwhile, Lucy made the shock confession that Fifty Shades of Grey is the first book that she's ever read.
Elsewhere, Gemma Collins claimed that her relationship with Arg was turning them into the "new Posh and Becks", while Mario and Lucy's engagement party ended with an ugly spat between the happy couple and Joey Essex and Sam Faiers.
The Only Way Is Essex series six continues at 10pm on Wednesday (July 25) on ITV2.